Is your heart God’s dwelling place?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty!
(Psalms 84:1 (NIV))

When we think of this, we think of the temple in Heaven in all of its glory.

There is another dwelling place.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
(Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV))

We are told that our hearts can be where Jesus will dwell. We are told that we can invite Jesus into our hearts. We are told that the Holy Spirit will come to live within us. God’s Word is very clear about where God, in His Triune majesty, wants to live. He desires a place within each of us.

Think about that. What does that say about the way that God feels about us? We cannot see it through our sinful nature, but the way that God sees us, the way that God designed us, He sees us in this manner. We were created to have God live within us. We were created to be temples of His Holy Spirit.

I don’t feel lovely. After all, I know all of the things that I have ever done. Sin makes us feel anything but lovely, but God sees beyond our sin and sees us for the person He created us to be. Because of this, He desires to dwell with us and to dwell within us.

Do you see yourself as lovely? God does, for He sees beyond your sin. Do you need help to see beyond your sin? Invite Jesus into your heart. He will change your perspective.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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